My Fox 5 reported that St. Thomas More, a Maryland nursing home, is accused of deadly neglect of James Franklin because of poor nursing care. St. Thomas More in Hyattsville has an extensive history of health and safety violations. State inspections show the facility was cited for 60 deficiencies in 2010, another 36 last year and this year it was cited with 27 deficiencies, nearly triple the state average. The repeated violations prompted the state to list St. Thomas More as a special focus facility, a nationwide Medicare list of nursing homes with a history of persistent poor quality care. “One state health official told Fox5 patients at St. Thomas more are at higher risk than at other nursing because of the ongoing deficiencies.”

“A former patient at St. Thomas More claims he almost died. James Franklin remains weak and bed ridden, six months after his stay at the 230-bed facility for what should have been the road to recovery.”

“In May, Franklin was discharged from the hospital and sent to St. Thomas More for rehabilitation. Medical records show he had a sacral ulcer, commonly called a pressure ulcer or bedsore. At that stage it was small and healing. A month later, he was rushed back to the hospital, the bedsore now nearly as long as a football covering his back and buttocks, with an infection deep into the tissue and muscles.”

“The wound had massive gangrene and a foul smelling discharge putting him into septic shock, when the body’s organs begin to shut down.”

“The nursing home settled a medical malpractice lawsuit last year for an undisclosed amount, in the 2005 death of a patient from infected bed sores. The same kind of infection that nearly killed James Franklin.”

In Maryland and most other States including South Carolina, the legal hurdles to file a medical malpractice lawsuit and financial caps on jury awards make it difficult to hold bad nursing homes accountable.

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